Saturday, June 5, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your "Place Line"

Randy Seaver is floating a new concept tonight for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along; cue the Mission:  Impossible! music!):

We're all familiar with timelines — date, location, event, etc. — for events in our lives.  This week, create a Place Line for your life, or for the life of one of your parents or grandparents — your choice!  In that Place Line, tell us the location (address if possible), inclusive dates (if possible), and events.  Consider categories such as residences, schools, churches, employment, etc.

(2) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status post.  Please leave a link in a comment to this post.

Place lines, huh?  Well, let's see where this goes.


• Well, I could copy them all again, but since I created a list of my residences for a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun post a mere four years ago, I figure I'll put a link to that post:  Janice's residences through August 31, 2017.

• As I mentioned at the end of that post, the total was 27 residences, and I was about to move to my 28th.  That's where I still am, 1009 NE 196th Avenue in Gresham, Oregon, as of September 1, 2017.  I plan to stay here another 20 years or so.


• Hey, what do you know?  In February 2017, for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Randy had us write about all the places we went to school!  So here's a link to that post:  Janice's schools from 1967–2000.  I have not added any formal education to my list since that time.


Well, this is a really short list.

• While my family lived in Pomona, I occasionally used to go to church with the Lamey family, who lived across the street.  I think it was an Episcopalian church, but don't hold me to that, and I have no idea what the address could have been.  This would have been in late 1970 and early 1971.

• When we moved to Niceville, Florida, I went regularly (at least for a while, probably 1973 to maybe 1974) to the First Baptist Church (now the First Baptist Church on Bayshore), 622 Bayshore Drive, which was across the street from my grandfather's house.  We probably went there because that's where Grandpa went.  I remember the church had a bus that went around town and picked people up; I boarded in the trailer park where we were living.  I had perfect attendance on the bus (don't remember how long that took) and earned a personalized King James Bible.  Not long after that I stopped going, not because my goal had been to earn the Bible, but because I just couldn't take that much organized religion.

And that's it for me and churches.  I have never attended a synagogue on a regular basis; I think I've been to services two or three times in my life (and one of those was in Paris, France).  I never saw my mother in a synagogue, but I went to Midnight Mass with her more than once while we lived in Niceville, at what was probably the only Catholic church there at the time.


• Another great coincidence!  For Labor Day a few years ago, I created a list of the jobs I have held, and that post is right here.  I have nothing to add to the list since leaving BART as a train operator.


I don't have as many actual addresses as Randy does.  As usual, I am impressed with the amount of detail Randy remembers about years past, while I am lagging behind quite a bit in that department.  But I did find it amusing that I had already created three of the lists he suggested for tonight's post.  And now I have collated that information together so one of my relatives can learn where I lived, was educated, and worked.


  1. It's great to bring them all together!

    1. And by harnessing the power of the Internet and using links, I don't have to retype everything!

  2. You've lived in 28 different homes??? Wow. I've lived in ten, but only two from birth until college.

    1. There's a reason my mother had the nickname "The Wandering Jew"! We were always moving!


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